Air Force official to discuss community’s water pollution

April 23, 2019 GMT

OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — A Pentagon official is scheduled to visit a northern Michigan community where toxic chemicals from a former U.S. Air Force base are polluting drinking water.

Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson will hold a public forum Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Oscoda.

Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan says the program will provide updated information about efforts to clean up contamination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS.

The toxins are used in a wide variety of stain- and stick-resistant household products. They’re also a component of firefighting foam used at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda and many other military installations.


The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is pushing the Air Force to step up treatment of polluted groundwater in the area.